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13 Injured in I-81 Bus Crash, Driver Allegedly Under the Influence

13 people were injured following a bus accident on Interstate 81 in Pulaski County, Virginia Friday morning. The driver has been arrested.

Details of the Pulaski County Bus Crash

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the crash occurred around 8: 15 am when the bus drifted into a tractor-trailer before leaving the roadway. The bus hit an embankment and overturned.

13 passengers suffered what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.

The bus driver, 59-year-old Willie F. Walker of Carrollton, Georgia, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession of marijuana.

Fatigue is also being looked at as a factor in the crash.

Bus Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • There were 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, which was an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
  • From 2005 to 2015, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, for all buses involved in crashes that were fatal.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of buses involved in crashes that caused fatalities increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent.

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If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

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